African-American History Month Calendar 2015
A variety of events are taking place in Greater Memphis and the region.
2/9/2015, 1:29 p.m.
Originally started by Carter G. Woodson as “Negro History Week” in 1926, African-American History Month has evolved from seven days meant to highlight African-American history to 28. A variety of events will be taking place in Greater Memphis and the region.
Ballet Memphis presents four original works in its winter mixed-repertory show, “I Am,” which will run Feb. 20-22 at the Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper. Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. (Pay-what-you-can Community Day. Advanced reservations/purchase by phone or in person encouraged. $5 minimum for credit cards.); Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10, $22, $43, $72, with group rates available; For more info: 901-737-7322; visit www.balletmemphis.org.
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis: Feb. 24, noon-1:30 p.m. in the Bluff Room (UC 308) – Hooks Institute National Book Awards Luncheon. Daniel Matlin, history lecturer at King’s College London will speak about his book, “Around the Corner: African-American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis”; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., River Room (UC 300) – Mapping Civil Rights and Tent City Website Release Event.
Christian Brothers University: Feb. 13 – Open Mic Night: “Ebony Expressions of Love”- poems, singing, etc., 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Feb. 12 – BSA and Student Life Movie Night: “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.
Created Equal Film Series: Feb. 12 – “The Loving Story” at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, 3030 Poplar Ave., Meeting Rooms A-C, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Feb. 19 – “The Abolitionists” at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Feb. 26 – “Freedom Riders” at the National Civil Rights Museum, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cossitt Branch Library, 33 South Front St.: “Sammy Davis, Jr., the Truth” will be at the library throughout February.
The Lemoyne-Owen College: Feb. 8-14 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Week; Feb. 14 – Mid-South Transplant Foundation and HBCU Wellness National Donor Day; Feb. 21 – Harambee Festival. Feb. 22-28 – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Week; Feb. 23 – Counseling Center, Making the Grade; Feb. 28 – National TriO Day Celebration. For more information: http://www.loc.edu.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art: On Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., curator and activist photographer, Matt Herron, will give talk related to the the exhibit “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” which opens Feb. 14 and features 157 black-and-white images by nine activist photographers from 1963-67. Numerous events are planned to coincide with the exhibition, including a free community day, a secondary exhibition with three local artists - Marcellous Lovelace, Frank D. Robinson and Siphne Sylve - and a photography exhibition running currently at the National Civil Rights Museum featuring images by Ernest Withers from the Brooks’ permanent collection. For more information: www.brooksmuseum.org.
Rhodes College: Feb. 18 – Communities in Conversation: Dr. Nell Irvin Painter presents “The History of White People” lecture from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., McCallum/Crain Reception Hall. Reception at 5:30 p.m., with a booksigning after the lecture; Feb. 24 – International Studies guest lecturer, Dr. Toyin Falola, will present a lecture on “African Immigrants in the U.S.” from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.